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Manhattan in Reverse [Hardcover]

Peter F. Hamilton
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7 Oct 2011
A collection of short stories from the master of space opera. Peter F Hamilton takes us on a journey from a murder mystery in an alternative Oxford in the 1800s to a brand new story featuring Paula Mayo, Deputy Director of the Intersolar Commonwealth’s Serious Crimes Directorate. Dealing with intricate themes and topical subject this top ten bestselling author is at the top of his game.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (7 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230750303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230750302
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his family. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small-press publications. His work includes the Greg Mandel series, the Night's Dawn trilogy - which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction - and his critically acclaimed Void novels: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void. His novels and his handbook (a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy) have sold almost two million copies worldwide.

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'Fiendishly clever'
--4 stars, SFX

'The seven tales allow Hamilton to show his skill at communicating heavy ideas, while telling an engaging story of varied length... All the stories are totally accessible, and if you're looking for a collection of truly well written and engaging short science fiction stories, then Manhattan In Reverse is a great read.' --SciFiNow

About the Author

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water. He began writing in 1987 and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and in several small-press publications. His previous novels are the Greg Mandel series: Mindstar Rising, A Quantum Murder and The Nano Flower and the bestselling Night’s Dawn trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God. Also published by Pan Macmillan are A Second Chance at Eden, a novella and six short stories set in the same brilliantly realized universe, and The Confederation Handbook, a vital guide to the Night’s Dawn trilogy. His most recent novels are Fallen Dragon, Misspent Youth, Pandora’s Star, Judas Unchained and the Void trilogy: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good short story collection 25 Oct 2011
I've been a Peter F Hamilton fan for a long time, in fact the reason I read sci-fi nowadays is because of Pandora's Star. The last collection of short stories by Peter F Hamilton was A Second Chance at Eden released way back in the late 90's, but it was a collection of Confederation exclusive stories based on his Night's Dawn universe. On hearing about this new collection I was rather excited, hoping to see all of the stories that he's written since then. Aside from one glaring omission this is a pretty decent collection and worthy of a place on the shelf of any Hamilton fan.

Watching Trees Grow
Starting off with the longest offering in the collection, Watching Trees Grow was initially published back in 2000 by PS Publishing as a limited edition, though it was later re-published in the Futures anthology from Gollancz.

As an alternate history tale, this story looks at a world where the Roman Empire never fell and the grand families continued to prosper. With the planet in a golden age of sorts it has allowed technology to advance quicker than in our world, with the starting point of the story in the early 1800's comparable to the mid to late 19th century. By selective breeding in the `Sport of Emperors', life spans of the grand families are now measured in centuries rather than decades of the Shorts.

At its heart Watching Trees Grow is the story of Edward Bucahanan Raleigh's continued investigation into the death of one of his family members at university. Told through his eyes from the night of the murder in 1832 through to the transcendence of the human race to pure energy, Watching Trees Grow is an interesting look at big events during that world's future, all wrapped around the one question: who killed Justin Ascham Raleigh?
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Best-known for his immense doorstoppers, Peter F. Hamilton is also an experienced writer of SF short stories. Manhattan in Reverse is his second collection of short fiction, collecting together seven stories published over the last eleven years. Unlike his first collection, A Second Chance at Eden, where the stories were all set in the same universe, this time around the fiction is not linked by any theme or setting.

First up is Watching Trees Grow, previously a stand-alone novella published by PS Publishing. The novella is a riff on one of Hamilton's favourite subgenres, the SF mystery thriller, this time set in an alternate history where the pace of technological development was much faster than in real life and there are electric cars on the streets of Oxford in the early 19th Century. A murder takes place and one man becomes obsessed with tracking down the killer...even if it takes centuries. An effective and clever story, riffing on traditional SF tropes about extended lifespans, alternate timelines and technological development.

Footvote is a political satire, in which a politician opens a wormhole to another planet, allowing people to escape from early 21st Century Britain to make a fresh start, but will only allow a narrow definition of people through, resulting in social unrest. One family is torn apart in the resulting chaos. It's an interesting story about escaping responsibility for your actions, but suffers from having some quite dated references already (Gordon Brown as British PM etc). There is a nice line in humour, though, with the constitution for the new planet (which bans traffic wardens from emigrating) apparently designed with Daily Mail readers in mind.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing. 6 Feb 2012
Firstly, I should say that I am a fan, at least of Hamilton's space operas, less so the Mandel stories. I like the detail of the background descriptions, which admittedly make the novels long, but they are essential to understanding character motivations. I approached this book with some trepidation, which proved well-founded. The problem with those featuring Paula Myo is that you need to have read the books in which she features. In one, the ending is, I'm afraid, telegraphed well in advance; her talents are also barely used, which is slightly disappointing. The rest of the stories are only average in quality. Perhaps for completists only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return 26 Aug 2014
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It's been a long while since I read any of Peter's books and decided on this set of short stories as I've not read them before - such a great choice and I'm so pleased I haven't read ANY of the Void Trilogy as that will be my next purchase.

Rounded, plausible characters in a beautifully described universe. A joy to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars PFH - another example of a master at work. 7 July 2014
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PFH is my all time favourite author although there are many out there who come close.

This is just another example of his expertise that delivers by the bucket load.

Read enjoy and then if you haven't yet read all his other works. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant British writer 24 Jun 2014
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I really enjoy Peter Hamilton's books - and this one was no exception. I can imagine that he could write great poetry because along with a rich and engrossing ability to write amazing stories he writes very good descriptive prose. I have everything he has published. No pressure Peter - but when can we expect the next one?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent thanks
Published 1 month ago by I. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Includes amongst other intriguing short stories, more insights into Paula Mayo, addictive as ever - a good read, leaving you wanting more.
Published 5 months ago by Hermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This was my second reading and I loved every minute of it. Peter Hamilton makes all the characters so real and believable. Looking forward to his new book, can't wait!
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4.0 out of 5 stars HAMILTON IN OVERDRIVE!!!!!
A short story collection by one of the best science fiction writers on the planet sounds like a good bet to me. And it is. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Greggorio!
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read
having been use to the space opera sized books this is a lot lighter a nice mix of short stories some very short ,some felt a bit 1970s but ok
Published 10 months ago by m. dosa
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent anthology
I have enjoyed all of Peter Hamilton`s books I have read and this book of short stories was an easy read and connected to the existing universe of the star flyer saga. Read more
Published 12 months ago by csm
4.0 out of 5 stars The future of humanity: physical perfection but same old moral...
There is a pleasing symmetry to the themes and purpose of this rewarding collection of short stories. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Timothy W. Dumble
4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection
As the author himself admits in the introduction, he's not the quickest writer of short stories, nor are the stories themselves particularly short, but the quality evident within... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. R. Bhaskar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories
A good set of little stories. I have just reread them all and still enjoyed them the second time around. For me that's the mark of a good writer.
Published 13 months ago by jankent
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
If you like P.F. Hamilton you will love this book, he throws about some new ideas in these short stories.

If you're new to P.F. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D R Pemberton
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